AirAsia responds to MAHB letter of demand demanding the airline retract and withdraw its press statements
In another development of the continuing public exchange of terse statements and rebuttals between two aviation entities, AirAsia has issued a press statement in reaction to Malaysia Airports’ arsenal of communiques and statements.
The statement from the airline operator said,
AirAsia was today served with a letter of demand from Malaysia Airport Holdings Berhad (MAHB) to retract and withdraw our press statements.
While we are not surprised by another legal response from MAHB to our press statements, we are puzzled that the airport operator continues to use its dominant position and the threat of legal action to stifle and suppress fair comments.
We would like to reiterate that we have only been responding to suits filed by MAHB over the Passenger Service Charge (PSC). In furtherance of open dialogue and an amicable solution, we offered to mediate as required under the Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom) Act to resolve all outstanding issues; however, MAHB summarily rejected this overture.
We maintain that a court battle will have negative effects on Malaysia’s economy and aviation industry.
Nevertheless, we stand by what we have said and maintain that the current threat of legal action is unwarranted. We will avail ourselves of all avenues to defend ourselves against all actions, whether through mediation and arbitration as the law requires, or in the courts of law as MAHB seeks.
The statement was made by AirAsia Malaysia’s CEO Riad Asmat and AirAsia X Malaysia’s CEO Benyamin Ismail.